NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Folsom Street East Fair – a festival known for its celebration of “sexual freedom” – will return next year in a new location after a year’s absence.
The 17-year-old festival, which celebrates the “leather/fetish/kink community,” was canceled last year because of construction on West 28th Street in Chelsea where it has traditionally been held, according to published reports.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie: Who Is Gabby Petito's Fiancé, And What Do We Know About Him?
The cancellation came a year after residents of a new building in the area said they were “embarrassed,” by the festival, prompting organizers to put up a sidewalk corridor so they could walk home without passing through the festival, according to DNAInfo.
This year, the festival will return, but will move a block south to West 27th Street between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, organizer Dave Hughes told 1010 WINS.
Festival organizers said Manhattan Community Board 4 recommended unanimously that the festival go forward.
“We did community reach-out and talked to a lot of the businesses on 27th Street, and you know, a lot of the places we spoke to like the Hotel Americano were very encouraging, and so, you know, we decided to move,” Hughes said.READ MORE: Fighter Jet Intercepts Small Plane Flying Over NYC After Biden's UN Speech
Hughes emphasized that the festival does not involve full nudity or open sexual activity.
“We like to bring a little bit of the spiciness and edge that everybody loves about New York City out onto the streets. That being said, nobody is going to see anything triple-X rated at the street fair,” he said. “It’s just some, you know, good, dirty fun.”
The festival this year runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22. Proceeds will benefit the Anti-Violence Project, Housing Works, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and the HIV/AIDS-related services of The Center.
The festival will feature a two-hour stage show featuring yet-to-be-announced entertainers, and a beer garden sponsored by the Eagle NYC leather bar, 554 W. 28th St.
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